Science that gets under our skin

Scientists are on a quest to create materials that mimic the sensory abilities of human skin for uses like the surfaces of robots and prosthetics. This skin-like salt-infused gel is a step towards that goal.

How microwaves could help fight COVID-19

When the pandemic started Khashayar Ghandi, a materials chemist at the University of Guelph, had already been experimenting with using microwaves to kill bacteria and other pathogens. So he decided to see if the technique could work on the virus as well.

Le lupin blanc, une arme contre l’arsenic?

Des chercheurs de l’Université de Montréal et du Jardin botanique de Montréal ont mis en lumière un nouveau mécanisme chimique utilisé par le lupin blanc pour combattre l’arsenic.

Bad microbes? Call the copper

Copper is a metal with antimicrobial properties known for centuries but is undergoing a renaissance of scientific interest in medicine. Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is now keeping its many high touch surfaces clean with the help of this metal.

Secret ingredient in cosmetics a cause for concern say chemists

Sought after for their ability to repel water, grease, and oil, PFAS are a class of more than 4700 synthetic compounds used since the 1950s. One application poorly studied in North America is PFAS in cosmetics. A new study now shows just how much they contain.